A Mohican chief—the son of Owenoco—was born in or near 1588. In 1626, he married the daughter of Sassacus, chief of the Pequots, and thus became a chief of the Pequot tribe. When a rebellion against Sassacus lead to his banishment, Uncas fled to the Narragansett tribe; but he subsequently made peace with the Pequots and returned. In 1637, he joined the English in a war against the Pequots, receiving a portion of captured Pequot land. This conduct earned him the enmity of the Pequots, Narragansetts, and other Indian tribes. In 1643, Uncas defeated the powerful Narragansett chief Miantonomo and executed him at the behest of the English colonists. In 1648 the Mohawks, Pocomtocks, and other Indian tribes made war on Uncas but failed to defeat him. Besieged by the Narragansett chief Pessacus, he was saved by Ensign Thomas Lefflngwell. In gratitude, it is said that Uncas gave the Englishman all the land on the site of present-day Norwich, Conn. During his life, he allied with the English in all the wars waged against the Indians, ending with King Philip's War in 1675. Uncas died in 1682 or 1683.
(YT-242: 1. 100'; b. 25'; dr. 10'; s. 12 k.)
The fourth Uncas (YT-242)—formerly Susan Moran and Southwind—was built at Orange, Tex., by the Levingston Shipbuilding Co. and acquired by the Navy on 21 March 1942. She operated actively as part of the Service Force, Atlantic Fleet, for the duration of World War II. Her most memorable service came in early November 1942 when she helped to defend Convoy SC-107 as it steamed through the U-boat-infested North Atlantic from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to the United Kingdom. Uncas was placed in inactive status at Boston in March 1946. She was struck from the Navy list in January 1947 and sold to private ownership on 16 May 1947.
Uncas received one battle star for her World War II